Program List

Sample Internship Programs

1. Local Government

Name of Institution/Organization: Toyonaka Municipal Government (Osaka)
Name of Program: Studies for the establishment of a regionally-based energy vision
Term: 5 months
Name of Department: Department of Environment, Environmental Policy Division

Summary of Program:
The emission of greenhouse gases has been increasing across the whole area of Toyonaka city. In particular, the rapid increase in emissions from general households and transportation would appear to demand urgent action. In establishing a “regionally-based energy vision” that takes characteristics of the region into consideration, it is necessary to discuss prospects for the future along with specific measures that can be taken.
The objective of the current year of the program is to understand and to analyze the following:

  • the trend of energy consumption
  • the current status of energy conservation
  • the public awareness of energy conservation
  • the possibilities for energy conservation

Through research conducted into the above, interns will help to establish a program to promote energy conservation.  Thus, the internship will provide its interns with opportunities to understand the current situation and issues of energy at the municipal level while participating in research and analysis regarding the above objectives.  Also, interns will have opportunities to research the modality of future environmental administration and its response to environmental problems while participating in the process of developing methods to solve current issues.

2. Corporate Sector

Name of Institution/Organization: Shimadzu Corporation
Name of Program: ISO14001 Environment Management Practice/Environmental Auditing/Environmental Solution Business
Term: 3 months
Name of Department: Office of Environmental Safety Promotion/Office of Environmental Solution Business Promotion

Summary of Program:

  1. To understand the criteria set by the Environmental Management System ISO14001
  2. To practice Environmental Management (environment assessment, environmental regulations, establishment of EMS)
  3. To be involved in environmental education, making textbooks (for use in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities), and engaging in practice (at schools, JICA)
  4. To conduct an internal environmental audit (this takes place in November with the internee required to participate in the audit team)
  5. To obtain a basic knowledge of environmental analysis
  6. To practice product evaluation based on LCA
  7. To visit a waste disposal company and to conduct an environmental assessment
  8. To attend the environmental committees of various industrial associations (Japan Electric Industry Association, Kyoto Industry Association) as an observer
  9. To practice environmental accounting and drafting environmental reports
  10. To practice environmental solution administration (summary of business model, marketing, OJT for sales promotion)

3. NPO (1)

Name of Institution/Organization: Nonprofit Policy Association (NPA)
Name of Program: Research and Study on Sustainable Community

Summary of Program:
NPA is planning to conduct a government-funded research into the “Formation of sustainable urban spaces in metropolitan areas”.  The research will relate to concepts of sustainable community, sustainable cities, approaches for sustainable metropolitan town planning, and indices for sustainable regional management.  Interns will benefit from both research opportunities and hands-on experience relating to global environmental studies.

4. NPO (2)

Name of Institution/Organization: Kiko Network
Name of Program: Research on the relationship between the grass-roots and the government with regard to global warming issues
Name of Department: Kyoto Office

Summary of Program:

  1. To organize information about the process of negotiation on treaties and protocols relating to climate change from the citizen’s viewpoint
  2. To conduct researches to propose policies for global warming prevention to the national and local governments and to support strategic policies at different levels
  3. To examine the roles of academic education and research activities in support of the above activities

5. International NGO

Name of Institution/Organization: WWF Japan
Name of Program: Interview research into the patterns of traditional use of coral reef resource in Shiraho, Ishigaki Island
Name of Department: WWF Japan Coral Reef Conservation Center

Summary of Program:
Coral reefs have historically provided important natural resources to local people in costal areas.  However, due to changes in life-style and the degradation of the ocean environment, local culture, traditions, and knowledge dependent upon the coral reef is vanishing.  Through interviews conducted with elderly persons living in the Shiraho-area of Ishigaki Island, the local culture and knowledge pertaining to coral reef will be recorded and analyzed in order to identify characteristics peculiar to the reef.  Based on the analysis of the information collected, exhibitions, educational materials, and educational programs will be developed for local people and educational institutions.  These various learning resources are expected to enhance local people’s confidence and love for the environment and traditions that are unique to the coral reef.  The same resources may be used to establish a foundation for appropriate coral reef management by the local community.

Methods:
- To investigate the coral reef’s role as a natural resource by conducting interviews with a wide range of persons, from fishery operators and older persons who have experience of using the coral reef to obtain food, to those for whom the sea is still a playground.
-  To collect photographs of materials and equipments traditionally used in relation to the coral reef, along with documents describing their uses.
-  To recreate and methods for using other resources, and record these techniques with the use of photographic and video equipment.
-  To organize and analyze collected information
-  To develop exhibitions, educational materials, and educational programs and to hold observation meetings, lectures and events.

Output:
Interns will be required to write a report based on their findings from the interviews and to make a presentation at academic societies such as the Society of Biosophia Studies or Japanese Coral Reef Society.  In addition, they will work to create exhibits which may be used at the Coral Reef Conservation Center in the future.

6. National Research Organization

Name of Institution/Organization: National Institute of Environmental Studies
Name of Program: Research on the modeling for integrated environmental assessment in Asia and Pacific area
Name of Department: Office for Regional Environmental System

Summary of Program:
Interns will be involved in a project which takes an integrated approach to regional measures against air pollution control and towards the prevention of global warming across the Asian region, and seeks to assess their effectiveness.  Through the project, interns will obtain knowledge of “bottom up” environmental modeling, with a focus on energy technology, and collect necessary information in collaboration with government, research institutes, and universities from countries such as China and Indonesia.  They will also be asked to participate in and conduct hearings at related organizations.  The collected information will be integrated by end-use model and quantitative analysis applied to thirty-year forecasts for the environment, energy, and environment technology development.

7. Corporate Sector

Name of Institution/Organization: METOCEAN Environment Inc.
Name of Program: Training in ecosystem research by the environment consulting firm
Name of Department: Office for Regional Environmental System

Summary of Program:
In giving its interns hands-on experience in ecosystem research and analysis at an environment consulting firm, this program affords interns the opportunity to learn the techniques necessary for field work and methods for analysis in the field of costal marine ecosystem and river/lake ecosystem.
Interns learn about the research techniques for benthic organism, fish and shellfish, and plankton, focusing in particular on the methods for classifying organisms (students will be trained how to identify organisms by practice).  In addition, they learn how to organize and analyze the collected data (including organizing data by computer, study and analysis).

8. International Organization (UN)

Name of Institution/Organization: United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Disaster Management Planning Hyogo Office
Name of Program: Project for community based disaster management

Summary of Program:
Interns will have the opportunity to learn about current issues and United Nations works in the fields of regional development and disaster management through their day-to-day work on on-going projects.  The internship program will focus on a project of “sustainability in community based disaster management” implemented in Asian countries.  Interns are expected to cultivate comprehensive management and information gathering capabilities, to learn about the current situations and issues, and to analyze future perspectives by working with related individuals and organizations from different countries.  Communication will be conducted in both English and Japanese.

9. National Research Organization

Name of Institution/Organization: National Institute of Rural Engineering
Name of Program: Research and study on the reality of biomass resource cycle

Summary of Program:
The research will demonstrate where and how much the biomass resource (feces and urines from animals, raw garbage, agricultural waste, food processing waste, scrap wood, sludge from domestic wastewater) are generated and recycled or disposed based on detailed data from field work and its analysis.

10. Research Organization

Name of Institution/Organization: Japanese International Research Center for Agricultural Science
Name of Program: Research analysis of land utilization in developing countries by remote sensing

Summary of Program:
This research develops methods to identify land utilization as well as to understand the temporal and spatial change of the situation of land utilization by using satellite remote sensing.  Additionally, interns will set a theme relating to site environmental assessment, sustainable land utilization system, regional development, or global environmental change and conduct integrated analysis based on land-use information and other geographic information.  The targeted area is planned to be either China or western Africa.  In order to respond to various local problems affecting different regions across the globe, interns will learn methods of obtaining necessary information and data by satellite remote sensing.